Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The Easter 1916 commemorative randomiser (does not include lad in balaclava reading his notes)

Is this a bubble I see before me? Good piece from Frédéric Filloux in The Monday Note on how Facebook’s “contempt of privacy and Wall Street frothy expectations” could cause problems for the post-IPO Zuckernaut. And remember, this piece was …

Wed, Apr 11, 2012, 09:13


Is this a bubble I see before me? Good piece from Frédéric Filloux in The Monday Note on how Facebook’s “contempt of privacy and Wall Street frothy expectations” could cause problems for the post-IPO Zuckernaut. And remember, this piece was published before Facebook paid a billion bucks (well, a billion bucks in cash and share options) for an iPhone app, making Instagram worth more than the New York Times, Revlon, Office Depot and Papa Johns Pizza. Meanwhile, expect investors to be looking closely at ventures started by ex-Facebook staffers. Still waiting for someone to write a piece like that about ex-Rondomondo staffers.

Speaking of bubbles….the Pinterest chart goes all the way up to 17.8 million users.

Excellent piece by Patrick Kane on the demise of AU magazine, government funding for arts ventures and Northern Irish tourism.

TrócaireLive’s show on April 28 to highlights its global campaign will feature Fred, The Hot Sprockets, Katie Kim, Dembe Troupe, Talking Drums, Manila Rhythm, Daniel Scannell and the Groovement Soul DJs. Admission is a tenner.

What’s that Resound? Fronted by cello-playing bold print name Kate Ellis, Resound features a stellar cast of musicians includling Laura Sheeran, Chequerboard, Francesco Turrisi, Adrian Hart, Billy Ramsell, Linda Buckley and Jane Cassidy and will be playing their first ever show at Dublin’s Button Factory on April 19 with support from the ace You Can Call Me Frances, Buzz Aldrin Allstars and Ryan Taylor Doyle. Visuals from Donal Dineen, Hector Castells and Jane Cassidy. Admission is €12 or €10 in advance.

Festival update (1): the Bray Jazz Festival hits the Co Wicklow seaside town for its 13th outing from May 4 to 6. Top of the bill is Susana Baca, but the bill of fare also includes the Tord Gustavsen Trio, Don Byron’s New Gospel Project, Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Matthias Loibner, Warsaw Village Band and such Irish acts as OKO, ReDiviDer, The Swoo-Beh Project, Mixtapes from the Underground, Sandra Melo Band and many more. Full info here.

Now streaming: you can swoon over “Sweet Heart Sweet Light”, Spiritualized’s rather excellent new album, here.

When the mob take over: Michael Hann on the online reaction to Viva Brother’s split and Amanda Brick’s daily mail column.

Raving, we’re raving: Deadmau5 hits page one of the New York Times.

Festival update (2): full details of who will be playing the Knockanstockan beano will be announced this coming Friday. The sixth run for the festival happens around the Blessington Lakes with 150 acts playing from July 27 to 29.

9 simple ways to disrupt your business.

Festival update (3): the only festival which thinks of itself as “Burning Man meets Braveheart”, the Festival of the Fires returns to the Hill of Uisneach in Mullingar on May 5 with 70 acts playing six stages including Bressie, Hothouse Flowers, Jape, Hawkwind, Royseven, Donal Lunny, Kíla, the Kilfenora Céilí Band and many more. Tickets are €39.50 (plus some Ticketmaster kindling)

Why (some) people get so irrationally angry online and the reasons for the rage.

Twitter, the FBI and you.

Very good interview with vertan artist manager Peter Leak on the trials and tribulations of that particular trade in the current marketplace.

Datamining the SXSW attendees.

Festival update (4): Drop Everything is a free arts fest featuring music, culture, design, fashion, parties, rants and much more happening on Inis Oírr (the smallest of the Aran Islands) from May 18 to 20. Full line-up to be announced and there’s a FundIt campaign in full swing if you have a few spare bob.

More datamining: what the journalism business can learn from Moneyball. Oh yes.

More disruption: how some acts are causing a rumpus with the live gig streaming business. And speaking of disruption, how do you like those Wilco apples? Jeff Tweedy and co take a punt with dynamic ticket pricing for upcoming gig.

If you’re looking for the most inventive, audacious and barnstorming Irish album of 2012, the good news is that it has arrived. It’s “The Brutal Here and Now”, the second album from The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, and it’s on another level entirely to their fantastic debut and everything else around on their home patch right now. Brazen, blazing and brilliant, it’s such an exhilirating blast of sound that you’ll want everyone you know to also fall under its dark, enticing spell. Album goes on release Friday, it’s streaming in full here and the band are on tour around the country over the next few weeks. Dig in.

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